Monday, May 25, 2015

Houses on a Hill

I'm not really sure why getting going on this month's Bee Sewcial assignment stumped me even more than usual. I do know that Marci/Marci Girl Designs specifically asked us to approach the task using structured improvised piecing (her term). In my words, draw a plan, then implement it improv-style. Drawing the plan was the hardest part for me, but finally, here's what I drafted. I wasn't thrilled with it, but it was a start.
OK. So when I went at it with my fabric and rotary cutter, things grew out of hand quickly! I had intended to add a second level to my block below, but after getting this far and measuring it (28.5" long x 9"-12" tall) then conferring with Marci, I chose to let it stand alone as block #1. She assured me she was fine with the odd length as well as the curve along the top.
That little house on the far left is my favorite portion of the whole strip, so I decided to make one more little neighbor house, just for fun. This one measures roughly 7" square.

Whew. I survived another month! And June is mine, so stay tuned! For my own sake, I'm listing my previous posts about Bee Sewcial here.

Feel free to watch the #BeeSewcial hashtag on Instagram to see what we're up to. Back in January when we started, I commented that "we just might be going where no bee has gone before . . ." That came to mind when I saw that The Modern Quilt Guild had mentioned Bee Sewcial in their recent announcement of the Member Charity Challenge and the element of "improv with intent". Apparently we're up to something interesting!

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Different Kind of Gift Bag

Daughter-dear is a master at fabric gift bags, so when it was her special day, I couldn't resist stitching one up for her. Rather than my typical draw-string bag, I went for the Big Patchwork Tote by Ayumi Mills/Pink Penguin from Krista Hennebury's book,  Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends. I had made the Little Patchwork Tote a while back, and knew it wouldn't hold Rachel's gift. But at 21" wide x 13 1/2" tall, I suspected the larger one would, plus I figured it would be very reusable as a tote.

This bag goes together very nicely, and even on the second go-round, the bottom panel came together like magic. I didn't think to get a photo of that, but it's clever construction. One added note, I chose to use Pellon PF101 Shape-Flex interfacing, rather than the fusible fleece or heavy interfacing suggested. Basically, I am just really fond of the woven Shape-Flex, though it obviously made a pretty lightweight, unstructured bag, which I like.

And dare I say, I could hardly go wrong mixing and matching my Cotton + Steel prints. I'm pretty sure Rachel was good with that too.